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Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

The U.S. Response to the Protests in Egypt

Friday, January 28, 2011

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I’m just stunned at what is going on. The United States seems like it really has lost the plot and is behind the curve on this.

Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy

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Paradigm Shift: Wikileaks and the New York Times

Friday, January 28, 2011

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There’s no question that Mister Assange dislikes me quite intensely, I don’t think he likes Mister Keller very much anymore... It’s not exactly an embrace.

John Burns London bureau chief for the New York Times

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The Unkindest Cut: What the People Want

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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A number of polls have looked to the people to try to divine where Americans would most support belt-tightening. The New York Times made a game in which readers could try their own hand at balancing the budget. Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor launched the “YouCut” website, which invites constituents to vote their favorite of a given three budget cut choices. CBS and the New York Times conducted polling to find out what the will of those with a landline telephone might be. 

Results appear pretty mixed.

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State of the Union: The View from Queens

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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We got to make sure everyone feels a little of the pain, so that – I’ve got an eleven year old daughter – so that we feel that their future is secure, and we’ve got to be adults, and we’ve got to make some hard decisions here.

— Gregory Meeks, U.S. Congressman from New York's 6th Congressional District in southeast Queens

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From Tunisia to Egypt: Protests for Democracy in the Arab World

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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President Obama has said again and again, he has warned tyrants around the world that they’re on the wrong side of history. And he promised people around the world fighting those tyrants that the United States would support them. It’s time to show that now.

Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues

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Citizens United: A Year Older, But No Less Contentious

Friday, January 21, 2011

On the one year anniversary of the Citizens United campaign finance decision, the ruling remains as contentious as ever, with efforts under way to alternative mechanisms to fund campaigns, and attempts to change the law itself.

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Where We Stand: The State of Our Union

Friday, January 21, 2011

As President Obama gets ready to address the country on the State of the Union on Tuesday, here at It’s A Free Country we thought we ought to do our own check-in, so here are some stats on where we stand. 

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You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.

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Obama Administration: Who's In, Who's Out

Friday, January 07, 2011

It's A Free Country tracks the departing, new, and remaining White House positions.

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The Truth About Public Employee Pensions

Friday, January 07, 2011

What you are hearing in the media is not true. The pension funds are not underfunded.

Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237

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Andrew Cuomo's Hopeful Bad News

Thursday, January 06, 2011

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After the last four years of dysfunction and corruption and watching New York spin down the drain, there’s at least hope now — cautious hope, given what we’ve seen — but at least there’s some hope, which we didn’t have the last couple of years.

Ken LovettDaily News Albany bureau chief

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Rereading the Constitution

Thursday, January 06, 2011

There was a recognition that the United States was ultimately a bond formed among the people themselves, not just between the states.

— Geoffrey Stone, Chairman of the American Constitution Society

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Cuomo's People: In the Governor's Office

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has named many of the people he is bringing in to run the administration. Here's the official It's A Free Country guide to Cuomo's team (so far). Better bookmark this now — there's no telling who might need a letter someday.

»» Also check out our guide to Cuomo's Agency Heads

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Cuomo's People: Who Will Head the Major Agencies?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has named many of the people he is bringing in to run the administration and state agencies. Many departments and agencies are facing potentially deep cuts to the services they provide. Here's the It's A Free Country guide to the people who will be enacting Cuomo's "rightsizing," in order of their agency budget size.

»» Also check out our guide to Cuomo's Team in the Governor's Office

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It's A Free Country All-Stars on the Coming Political Year

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

If future compromising will mean that Obama basically keeps extending tax cuts and lives up to so many conservative principles, I’m all for compromise.

Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger

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A Brief History of Campaign Finance (and Why It Matters)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that limiting corporate spending on political campaigns was a violation of free speech rights. In the elections last month, we saw our first example of just what that ruling brings to the process -- but many questions about the long-term ramifications on democracy still remain.  

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New York's Last Conservative: James Buckley

Friday, December 17, 2010

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We are transforming ourselves into an administrative state, issuing more and more regulations that are throttling our freedom of action. I don’t think people recognize the extent to which the federal government has been taking over.

- James Buckley, former Conservative party New York State Senator

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Comptroller John Liu's Year In Review

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In this time of fiscal austerity it is not clear to me, as Comptroller, that we really do need all of those consultants working for the city.

- John Liu, New York City Comptroller

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Guide and Slideshow: Meet the New Committee Chairs

Monday, December 13, 2010

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The Republican victories in the 2010 elections last month means a new influx of GOP committee chairs. House Republicans have announced the names of the new chairs, and it is worth a closer look at some of the personalities who will be heading these important panels in the House.

» Check out the slideshow below.

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No Labels: The Centrist View

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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There is a lot of alignment in the center. It just doesn’t come from a pre-packaged ideology. It’s just how people come to it naturally by looking at the issues.

-Soloman Kleinsmith, a centrist independent blogger attending the 'No Labels' launch in New York. 

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